Local slides away with $25,000

Hitting the ice paid off for Vernon’s Teri Schiman.

  • Feb. 1, 2011 12:00 p.m.
Vernon’s Teri Schiman (above) throws a curling stone Sunday for a $1 million prize at the Capital One Million Dollar Button at General Motors Place in Oshawa

Vernon’s Teri Schiman (above) throws a curling stone Sunday for a $1 million prize at the Capital One Million Dollar Button at General Motors Place in Oshawa

Hitting the ice paid off for Vernon’s Teri Schiman.

Schiman, 37, who had very little curling experience, threw a curling stone live on national television Sunday for a $1 million prize at the Capital One Million Dollar Button in Oshawa, Ont. The rock slid into the eight-foot rings, winning her $25,000.

“I thought I was really light,” said Schiman, who dropped to her knees on the ice and screamed at the rock as fans at the General Motors Centre — including her husband and two sons — yelled with her.

Schiman showed anguish as the stone finished its slow, steady path

“This wasn’t like playing a lottery,” said a tearful Schiman.

“I got to do something, something that is actually fun.”

Schiman did it three times in total, in two different provinces.

Selected by random contest entry during the Swiss Chalet National in Vernon in December, Schiman appeared on the championship ice surface at the Wesbild Centre and drew a stone to the back of the rings to win the trip to Oshawa.

On Saturday, during the semifinals of the BDO Canadian Open in Oshawa, she outscored five other finalists and covered a portion of the button to advance to Sunday’s finale.

Schiman didn’t have to throw a rock for the $1 million. She could have thrown for the lesser prize of $100,000 but with the help of two star competitors from the BDO Canadian Open championship final.

“I decided about two minutes before I came out to the ice,” said Schiman.

“My husband said ‘Go for it,’ and that’s when I knew what to choose.”

Schiman, who runs a daycare centre, is thrilled with the $25,000 win.

“I look at this big cheque and that’s two years of my salary,” she said.

Her experience has given Schiman an appreciation for the sport.

“I’m a curler now. My husband and I have been talking about joining up for 15 years now,” she said. “I’ve met amazing people in this sport and everyone has been so wonderful.”